For the three RCP scenarios, RCP8.5, RCP4.5, and RCP 2.6, the mean temperature change (as compared to 1986-2005) shows similar heating patterns, though each to a different extent. The strongest temperature change is simulated for the Arctic, where RCP8.5, for example, resulted in an increase of more than 10 degrees. Generally, the temperature increase is more pronounced over land than over the oceans, as water doesn’t heat as quickly and works as a balancing (cooling) agent. 

The following video shows the simulated temperature change for the RCP2.6 and RCP8.5 scenarios as a direct comparison:


Individual Images:
The following images show the simulated changes in air temperature for the three scenarios based on the ensemble averages of the LR runs for 2030 and 2090. Though the scenario differences for 2030 remain relatively small, those for the year 2090 prove to be much more drastic.

  RCP2.6 RCP4.5 RCP8.5
2030 dtemp rcp26 2030 dtemp rcp45 2030 dtemp rcp85 2030
2090 dtpemp rcp26 2090 dtemp rcp45 2090 dtemp rcp85 2090
2085 MPI-ESM RCP2.6 DTemp global MPI-ESM RCP4.5 DTemp global MPI-ESM RCP8.5 DTemp global